- Racism was a “large part” of why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the UK.
- The duke told Oprah Winfrey that he thinks the UK tabloid press is “bigoted.”
- He had previously been warned that the media “will destroy your life,” Harry said.
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Racism was “a large part” of why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the UK, Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey.
When asked if they left the UK “because of racism,” Prince Harry said: “It was a large part of it.”
-CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 8, 2021
The duke told Winfrey that he was warned by a friend who is close with British editors that the couple would face racist treatment.
“Please don’t do this with the media,” the friend said according to Harry. “They will destroy your life.”
Harry asked the friend to elaborate and clarify what he meant, despite knowing exactly what the message was.
“He said, ‘You need to understand that the UK is very bigoted.’ I stopped and I said, ‘The UK is not bigoted, the UK press is bigoted, specifically the tabloids, is that what you mean?'” Harry recalled.
The friend maintained that the UK is bigoted and Harry insisted this isn’t true, he said.
“But unfortunately if the source of information is inherently corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society,” Harry said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping back from royal life in January 2020 and they have been living in California since March of that year.
No member of the royal family ever condemned Markle’s treatment by the British tabloids, and Prince Harry said “that hurts,” as Insider’s Armani Syed reported. Harry had himself released a statement addressing the issue right at the start of the couple’s relationship in 2016.
The couple also told Winfrey they faced racism within the family, with an unidentified member expressing concerns over how dark their son Archie’s skin would be.
According to Winfrey as well as UK royal correspondent Chris Ship, it wasn’t the Queen or Prince Philip. Speaking on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, Winfrey said that Harry wanted to make sure “that I knew and if I had an opportunity to share that it was not his grandma [the Queen] nor his grandfather [Prince Philip] that were a part of those conversations.”